Guide Dog Injured by Hit-and-Run Driver Being Treated at BluePearl

TAMPA, Fla. – Doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital here are treating a guide dog that was injured by a hit-and-run driver in St. Petersburg Friday.

Abbey is a mixed-breed, two-year-old female and after undergoing diagnostics, doctors from BluePearl determined surgery will be required to save her life.

Abbey belongs to Terry Ellrick, a 59-year-old man who resides in St. Petersburg. Abbey serves as Ellrick’s guide dog and has assisted him since he became visually impaired.

BluePearl Veterinary Partners is accepting donations from the public to assist with the cost of care for Abbey. Anyone wishing to make a donation is encouraged to contact BluePearl’s hospital in Tampa at 813.933.8944.

Additionally, St. Petersburg Police are looking for the driver involved in the hit-and-run and request for anyone with information to call 727.893.7780.

The alleged collision occurred at 5th Avenue North and 29th Street in St. Petersburg Friday at approximately 10 a.m.

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
Formed in 2008, BluePearl Veterinary Partners is headquartered in Tampa, Fla., and employs more than 1,200 people including approximately 250 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals are referral-only and don’t provide primary care. Most BluePearl hospitals offer 24-hour emergency care services. BluePearl is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship educational programs. BluePearl also participates in and conducts clinical trials to study the effectiveness of new drugs and treatments, which give clients access to cutting-edge medicine not yet commercially available and improves the quality of care delivered to our patients.


Date: Nov. 21, 2012